Elounda Travel Guide

  • Elounda
    by mickeyboy07
  • Elounda
    by mickeyboy07
  • Elounda
    by mickeyboy07

Elounda Things to Do

  • HISTORY AND NATURAL BEAUTY.

    Based in Elounda you can see the whole island.Renting a car or booking excursions there are a lot to see.The island has a great history and natural beauties.

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  • Trip to Plaka

    Plaka is a small town north of Elounda, where from you can easily get to Spinalonga Island.It is very picturesque town, with great view of Spinalonga

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  • Beach

    Elounda beach is nice because it is deep in a bay, therefore there is not too many waves on the windy day.It is however a busy beach, with lots of kids.

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  • Take ta trip to Spinalonga Island

    20 minutes by boat from Elounda and about one hour to explore the island. Boat tickets (10€ return, Juny 2008) are sold in every travel agency and other locations.

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  • the small church is worth a visit

    Elounda is a small village 12 km from Agios Nicholaos, I tell you about this charming town in my next travel page.First some info about Elounda. You can reach Elounda by bus from the airport Heraklion that takes about an hour drive.I think Elounda is still famous because the movie "who pays the ferryman" is recording here.The restaurant still has...

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  • Ruined Village

    Here's a view back across the larger part of the ruined village. You can see how pretty it all is, especially with the palm trees, mountains, spring flowers and blue, blue skies.

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  • Great Views

    This track leads up to the higher part of the island, where there are further defensive ruins and some spectacular views out across the bay, as well as a birds-eye view of some of the ruins of the old leper hospital.

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  • Spinalonga Island

    When you get off the boat you have 1 hour to see the island. You're faced with a choice of which direction to set off in - either through a tunnel to who-konws-where or up a path that leads onto the curtain wall of the fortifications. The second route looks (and is) the most picturesque, but the first route leads directly to the ruined town. This...

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  • Spinalonga Island

    The island of Spinalonga was once a defensive fort and later a leper colony and it still retains a lot of evidence of both. The fortifications are still very impressive and the ruins of the leper town are poignant as well as picturesque.

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  • Not So Ruined Village

    Some parts of the village are better preserved than others - one of them being the church of course. Another part is the row of tourist shops that opens up in high season (they weren't open when we were there in spring). There are some lovely arches and tunnelways around here, and one of the tunnels is the one you could have come in through right...

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  • Ruins

    Back down at "ground level" you'll come across the ruins of the old leper hospital and village - they're quite picturesque. For a while this village was also a Turkish enclave until they finally left.

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  • Views Across The Bay

    A couple of more views across the gulf of Elounda. The colour of the water here is divine and so, so tempting. In the distance are some exclusive apartment and hotel developments. I'm not 100% convinced by the aestheticness of their architecture

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  • Spinalonga Island

    The curtain walls of the islands defences are extensive and in good condition - and they give great views down and across the bay of Elounda.

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  • Church Of St. George, Spinalonga Island

    This is one of the first sights you see if you take the anti-clockwise route around the island. It's the church of St. George dating from 1661. Like most churches, it's still well maintained and in use, even if infrequently.

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  • Spinalonga Island

    This is the track up to the castle walls. Ultimately it leads right round the island and you will end up at the village last. You can also branch off it to get to the highest point of the island and some more of the fortifications. The views from the walk are lovely, especially with the spring flowers.

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Elounda Restaurants

  • “Simply Stunning... A must visit!”

    This restaurant is quite simply a must visit if you find yourself in Elounda!I have visited this restaurant many times with my girlfriend, infact it was so good we ended up there almost every night when we visited this past summer! The food is the best tasting and clearly the best quality in Elounda. Beautifully prepared and with fresh ingredients,...

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  • “Simply Stunning... A must visit!”

    This restaurant is quite simply a must visit if you find yourself in Elounda!I have visited this restaurant many times with my girlfriend, infact it was so good we ended up there almost every night when we visited this past summer! The food is the best tasting and clearly the best quality in Elounda. Beautifully prepared and with fresh ingredients,...

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  • Chicken Gyros

    The restaurant looks quite basic but the food is far from it. The lady who serves you is very friendly, I think it is her father who does all the cooking. She gets all the fresh produce from the green grocer next door, I think it is all part of the same family. Well woth a visit for an authentic cheap Greek lunch. It as to be the Chicken Gyros we...

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  • A nice place for an after dinner Crepe

    The Del - Mar is next door to the Poulis, I think the people who own the Poulis own the Del - Mar it is a perfect place for my wife and grandson to enjoy one of the crepes why I have a Metaxa and a double espresso, just perfect. The young lady who always seems to be there day or night always has a smile and a hello. Lovely comfortable seats again...

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  • Don't miss the Mussel Saganaki

    Another restaurant in a lovely location right on the sea front. Poulis is like a lot of restaurants we tried excellent starters but average main courses. The house red was very nice, I thought the meal was a little expensive at €79 I think that's because of the location. Probably the Mussel Saganaki

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  • Away from the hussle and bussle

    A typical taverna serving authentic Greek food. We had a starter of Taramasalata, Tzatziki and Stuffed vine leaves. For our main we had Kleftiko, Rabbit Stifado and Veal Stifado, all very nice. We also had a litre carafe of red wine, coke and water all for €51. It is about 5 minutes out of Elounda on the road to Plaka next door to our accommodation...

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  • A class of it's own

    The Lotus Eater is right on the sea front along with three or four other restaurants. The Lotus Eater is a family run restaurant with Daniel the son front of house, he has got lots of charisma going from table to table making everybody comfortable and wanting for nothing. There aren't many tables, you do have to book that's how they keep it...

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  • Best baby squid I have ever tasted

    The baby squid starter was so tender and fresh even my wife liked it. Very busy and the service was slow but they apologised. The restaurant is right on the sea front and the water so clear you can watch the fish. Teriyaki with mixed fish was quite nice. Brought ice cream and fruit with the bill. Very good house red. About €67 for 3...

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  • Eloundas best food

    The old carob factory has been turned to a stunning restaurant.The character of the old stone building on the water edge makes this place worth of a visit.Tables up the balcony and direct on the sea level patio with beautiful views to the village,the bay and Spinalonga island.The wine cellar is unique and the menu covers all different...

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Elounda Transportation

  • Ag Nik buses

    Be careful when you get your bus ticket from the ticket office, the number on you ticket is not necessarily the number on the bus you want. We were caught out when we were waiting for the bus to Plaka they changed the number on the bus without telling us.

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  • Carhire...the best way to see Crete.

    The best way to see Crete is to hire a car.Taleos cars based in Elounda (www.taleos.gr) are offering bright new cars,full insurance on very competative rates.Fling to Crete,they deliver the cars to the airport,so go on their site and make a booking.Travel having the freedom to go wherever you like,whenever you want.

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  • Heraklion(airport) to Elounda

    In case you need a transportation from Heraklion(airport) to Elounda, we offer the best rates!Taxi transfer with our luxury and safe mercedes E class.For more information visit our site : eloundataxi.com

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Elounda Shopping

  • Olive oil,Cretan products,Pottery and...

    Oliva is on the main road,on the juction to the Canal and the sunken city of Olous.The extra virgin oil (own production ) and the exclusive local crafted gifts make this shop very popular to locals and tourists. Best buy is their extra virgin oil.

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  • Gold and silver jewellery

    Carati jewellery was established in Elounda in 1985.It is a family business specialised in 14 and 18 ct gold jewellery,in traditional greek and international designs. Great collection of 18ct gold jewellery with diamonds and other precious stones.All their own designs.

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Elounda Off The Beaten Path

  • A Walk To Spinalonga - At The Top

    At the top of the hill is another church - they can't get enough of them here. This one is fairly new by the look of it, and it commands great views across the bay. The stonework and particularly the woodwork on the doors are lovely, and there's a nice courtyard where you can take a rest and perhaps even a drink. Don't have your picnic here though,...

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  • A Walk To Spinalonga - Windmills

    I can't remember quite how many windmills there are here, 4 maybe 5. They stand by a bridge that straddles a canal which allows small(ish) boats to get to Elounda without having to go the long way around. The windmills are not open (i.e. you can't get inside) but they look nice enough and there's a display board telling a little about them.

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  • A Walk To Spinalonga - The Start

    You can walk from Elounda to Spinalonga. Not Spinalonga Island, where the abandoned fort & village are, but the promentory of Spinalonga that turns the bay at Elounda into a virtual lake. We "discovered" the walk by accident becaused we could see from the bus that there was some sort of causeway leading to who-knows-where at the far end of town.To...

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Elounda Favorites

  • Flora

    I have no idea what this flower is (answers on a postcard). I climed the hill above the small beach at Spinalonga in order to get a good view looking back. Whilst up the hill I saw this, in the distance further up - so naturally I climbed even further. Unfortunately it got a bit tricky and I couldn't get as near as I would like, but thanks to the...

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  • Birdlife

    The flats around the salt pans on the trek out to Spinalonga are a great habitat for wading birds. We spotted this heron on one of our walks out that way.

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